As I bid farewell to residency at San Antonio Military Medical Center with Colorado Springs on the horizon, and as Glenn was gearing up for business school at his lifelong dream institution, Florida State University, God felt it was actually the perfect time for us to experience life's journey as a pair. So as we packed our bags, heading to opposite sides of the country, our hearts drifted closer together and began the beautiful story of "A CardNole Love." We eventually got engaged midway along a horse & carriage ride in the Colorado mountains.
When I dreamt of a wedding, it looked a lot like the royal wedding from one of my favorite movies: “Coming to America.” My dress came pretty close to that “dramatic” and classic effect. Glenn wanted a classic and sharp look in his black tux — and he nailed it! For our reception debut and photoshoot, we put on custom Chuck Taylor shoes for our respective alma maters (me: Stanford Cardinal and him: Florida State Seminole = CardNole). We love our schools and our teams, so it is natural that we sport something related to them on our big day. We tried to incorporate our theme, A CardNole Love, in most of the details. Our delicious cake had a custom “A CardNole Love” topper, our wedding favor coasters had that imprinted with the AMOR in blocks (I call Glenn “Mi Amor”), our shoes sported CARDinal and SemiNOLE logos, and the photobooth was just a fun item that I am addicted to at all parties!
For our ceremony, we wanted to incorporate American, Muslim, Christian, and African American tradition into our wedding. As such, we chose Imam Omar Shakir to officiate and provide remarks that highlighted the divine sacred union of marriage and the strength of its universal tenants — applicable in both Islam and Christianity. We also had a custom broom for “jumping the broom” — a long standing tradition in the African American community with ties to multiple African cultures. African American history and culture is complex and rich, and it is a large part of both of our identities, so we wanted to honor that in ourselves and for our ancestors. We also signed our Muslim Wedding Contract after the ceremony, which outlines our commitments and responsibilities to one another as husband and wife.
Words by Taara, the bride, as told by Amber Marlow. Photos by Preston Palmer of Brovado Weddings.
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